The duo of energizing hikes and the frost of India is all that is needed to get the trekking enthusiast inside you alive. India, being the county of diverse religion is also a hub of flamboyant peaks that challenges you to bring the best out of you. Hills of Himalayas, Uttrakhand, leh, ladhakh all adds up to the picturesque beauties of the country. India has the highest peaks of the world, like, Mount Everest (8845 m), Kanchenjunga (8579 m), Nanga Parbat (8125 m) and Nanda Devi (7816 m) all situated in the great Himalayas. These give us a lot of resources like minerals, dry fruits, medicines and what not. Temperature of these hills falls down to almost -10 to -180 C which paints them all white and makes it ideal for trekking for the people who love to challenge and push their limits.
Now the question, why is it best to trek in winters? Although, it might turn a little back breaking for you to trek in winters, but the scenic beauties of tall pine trees covered with white sheet, sparkly grasses will all be worth the pains. It is preferred by those who are passionate about trekking and are fond of snow as well.
Some of the most alluring and exigent treks in India that are best during winter frost are:
- Brahmatal trek, Himalaya: It is one of the best snowy peak of Himalayas that is ideal to trek in the months of January – February. It is at the height of 12,600 feet. Along with blessing your eyes with magnificent snowy hills, they also offer you a divine camping opportunity under the blanket of stars, by the side of charming glacial lake. It is a trek of total 5 days and most importantly, it is a beginner friendly trek.
- Chadar trek, Ladhakh : Chadar trek or Zanskar Gorge is also one of the most preferred peaks during winters in India. It engulfs the captivating Nerak falls. It reaches an altitude of 11,200 ft and takes almost 9 days complete, which makes it evidently a slightly difficult and demanding trek.
- Kedarkantha trek, Uttrakhand: This is one of the most prominent treks known in India. It neighbours the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttrakhand. It lies at an elevation of 12,500 feet. It is a 5 days trek and is therefore suitable for beginners. The trek initiates from Sankri, a small village in the district of UK. It covers 13 alluring Himalayas ranges along with a holy and spiritual “Jude-ka-talab” which is believed to be formed from the drop of water fallen from the hair of lord Shiva while he was meditated at Kedarkantha. It is definitely worth the efforts.
- Goecha la trek, Sikkim: This trek is renowned for its delightful view. The view here is so beautiful that the government decided to feature it on INR 100/-. You must now be wondering, what is so peculiar about it? The world’s third largest peak of Kanchenjunga can be viewed from this pass. It lies at a height of 16,207 ft and is a 9 days long trek which makes it not so easy but it is not a very difficult one as well.
- Kuari pass trek, Uttrakhand: This trek is appreciated for its tremendous view of some mountains of India like Nanda Devi. It is major preference during the winter season as the snow is quite celebrated here. It is 12,716 ft high and takes almost 5 days to complete but would definitely make those 5 days the most treasured ones. It is also a beginner friendly trek.
- Har ki dun, UK: This astonishing place is majorly cherished for its flora and fauna. It has a very fascinating variety of birds which is admired by the people who love bird watching. It will gift you the blissful view of Jaundar glacier and a lot more. It rises to the level of 11,482 ft and takes almost 5 days to complete and can be also enjoyed by any beginner who is willing to be a trekking enthusiast.
Trekking is fun when we get adrenalin rush along with the calming and soothing views all in one. But along with enjoying there are certain things that you should take care while trekking in winters, like,
- Layer yourself with at least 6 clothes including thermals.
- Prefer to carry your own Gaiters to be on a safer side.
- Always have a trekking pole with you to make your way through the snow.